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The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the wide receiver is scheduled to take a physical with team doctors Thursday. If all goes well, Barden could sign a one-year contract by the end of the day.
There's no doubt Barden has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. The 6-foot-6, 224-pound receiver strikes an imposing figure, but he never found consistent playing time in his first four seasons in New York.
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Barden's high-water mark came in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers last season, a Thursday night game in which he finished with nine catches for 138 yards. It looked like a breakout performance, but soon Barden was back on the sideline. He had just four catches the rest of the way.
UPDATE: Barden signed a one-year deal and will try to stick on the roster as a reserve receiver, the New York Post reported Thursday.